Green Party proposes scrappage scheme for polluting diesels

4 April 2017

The Green Party has responded to news the Government plans to encourage people to get rid of diesel vehicles by introducing what has been dubbed a “toxin tax”.

London Assembly Member and Green Party transport spokesperson Caroline Russell said:

“It’s good to see the Government recognising the damage dirty diesel engines do to our air and our health, but if we are serious about encouraging drivers to leave diesel behind we need to help them to do that. We urgently need a proper scrappage scheme which helps businesses swap diesel for cleaner vehicles, while people giving up domestic cars should have access to efficient public transport, car clubs and streets that enable safe walking and cycling.”

T&M Green Party Chair Howard Porter said: "Car companies should pay for any scrappage scheme. It's not fair to penalise people who thought they were doing the right thing when they bought a diesel car."